Return to Peyton Place

Return to Peyton Place In Grace Metalious published Peyton Place the novel that unbuttoned the straitlaced New England of the popular imagination transformed the publishing industry topped the bestseller lists for t

  • Title: Return to Peyton Place
  • Author: Grace Metalious Ardis Cameron
  • ISBN: 9781555536695
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1956 Grace Metalious published Peyton Place, the novel that unbuttoned the straitlaced New England of the popular imagination, transformed the publishing industry, topped the bestseller lists for than a year, and made its young author one of the most talked about people in America In 1959 the sizzling sequel, Return to Peyton Place, picked up where Peyton Place leIn 1956 Grace Metalious published Peyton Place, the novel that unbuttoned the straitlaced New England of the popular imagination, transformed the publishing industry, topped the bestseller lists for than a year, and made its young author one of the most talked about people in America In 1959 the sizzling sequel, Return to Peyton Place, picked up where Peyton Place left off Allison MacKenzie, now the author of America s 1 bestseller, is thrown into the glamorous whirl of the smart set of New York and Hollywood At home, the rest of the most controversial characters in 1950s American fiction continue to create a stir in this ongoing expose of sex, hypocrisy, social inequity, and class privilege in contemporary America Peyton Place, the small, seemingly respectable New England town, is revealed as a vividly realistic cauldron of secrets and scandal Peyton Place and its sequel, Return to Peyton Place, the books that readers used to hide under their mattresses, are now recognized by scholars as the Silent Generation s Perfect Storm and predecessors to the women s liberation movement Treat yourself to this rediscovered classic.

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    1. Plutôt un 3,5. J'étais ravie de retrouver Peyton Place et ses habitants mais il m'a manqué le plaisir de la découverte et j'ai eu l'impression que certaines histoires étaient un peu bâclées.

    2. Mislim da je najveći razlog zašto volim romane ''Gradić Payton'' i ''Povratak u gradić Payton'' upravo taj što se malograđanština opisana u romanu može primjeniti na svako malo mjesto bilo ono u Americi ili bilo gdje drugdje. Živeći u malom selu u kojem svako sve zna, nisam mogla ne poistovjetiti se s nekim likovima, događajima u romanima. Nije ni čudo što su ovi romani izazvali tolike senzacije 1956. kada su se pojavili na sceni, napisani iz pera, tada nepoznate Grace Metalious, in [...]

    3. Weirdly, nearly a year after reading Peyton Place I finally got around to the sequel. I managed to procure a copy of it literally last January, but it was while I was on an all-around depressing vacation, and to top it off, the woman who sold it to me was just an absolute bitch. Seriously. Helpful hint: If you're running a decrepit used bookstore in an out-of-the-way strip mall in Palm Springs, you should be grateful anyone's coming in at all, not making fun of their taste and then looking up th [...]

    4. While I do love this old classic, Connie Mackenzie's new husbands name in Peyton Place was Tomas Makris and in Return to Peyton Place his name is Michael Rossiis was confusing until I did a little research about the reason for thisarently the character of Tomas Makris, bore the name and description of a resident and co-worker of Metalious's school teacher husbandhe sued for libel and won an out-of-court settlement for $60,000Tom Makris was renamed Michael Rossi.

    5. Just read an article about Grace Metalious and she wrote this book solely because she needed the money. But as she was drinking a fifth of liquor a day, the first manuscript was so unintelligible a ghostwriter had to be hired to clean it up. Some of the story is autobiographical, how a small town reacts to the author of a salacious book about a small town (her teacher husband really did lose his job the way her step-father in the book does) and how she dealt with the Hollywood adaptation. But it [...]

    6. Ritorno a Peyton Place non è propriamente un sequel di Peyton Place in quanto segue principalmente la storia di Allison MacKenzie e del successo del suo romanzo. E' probabile che l'autrice stesse cercando di dire la sua con questo libro: a quanto pare lo scrisse solo perché la 20th Century Fox, che aveve già girato il film basato sul primo libro, decise di farne un seguito. Grace Metalious non era d'accordo ma lo studio decise comunque di proseguire e a lei non restò che l'opzione di raccont [...]

    7. It's not a bad book, but it's not Peyton Place. The place, the characters are the same (except for Tom who is became Mike Rossi, which is a very greek name if you wanna know) but the intentions of the book are completely different. For me, at least.It's the story of Allison, not of the citybut maybe I was expecting too much because I've just finished to read the first one and I've deeply loved it.As I said it's not a bad book, it's enjoyable and funny and gossipfull (t's not even a word I think) [...]

    8. My advice don't read the foreword it is full of spoilers, I only read half before moving on to the novel. The first novel had us meeting the town characters and uncovering their secrets and weaknesses whereas this one has less of the town members and is totally focused on Allison as the main character who sells her book and discovers what publishing really is like. To me this seemed like Grace Metalious' chance to speak about her disappointment of the TV series and films based on her books. I di [...]

    9. I am glad that this one is over because holy crap, I don't think my poor bones can handle any more drama. This one read a little more like an auto-biography of the author, but I didn't mind. I was happy to see my characters again, and more than a little troubled at some of the freak men they apparently had walking around in 1950's New Hampshire.

    10. More secret shenanigans in the town but this time with the authoress being targeted for telling the world about them. Good, juicy goings-on partially tempered by a "been there, done that" sense. Made into a movie which eliminated one of the key plot points (attempted murder that backfires.)

    11. More of the samewrapped up the unanswered questions from the first book. Why did Constance's husband have a name change?

    12. Whew. Finished. If not for the Bestseller Puzzle Reading Challenge and my commitment to read this book, I would have abandoned it because I remembered not being crazy about the original PEYTON PLACE when my book club read it.In fact, that was one of only two things I recalled about the original PEYTON PLACE:1. That the teenagers played Spin the Bottle; and2. That is was soap-opera-y and trashy and I didn't like itTURN TO PEYTON PLACE picks up where the original left off, and I had to read a plot [...]

    13. here's the thingIt's not as good as it could be. I had actually seen the film sequel--which is awful--before I read this book and somehow this played in both stories' favor. Once you know that Metalious never meant to write a sequel and only did so because the film studio owned the name "Peyton Place" and was doing another film with or without her.This book is her response. I did like the focus on Allison and her fame from the story--I liked the struggle between staying who she was and trying to [...]

    14. I read this shortly after it first came out in the early 1960's. According to biographical information, Grace Metalious hardly had anything to do with the writing of it, and yet from her brief notes and sketches somebody shaped a story that I found pretty interesting. We follow Allison to New York and her adventures in publishing a best seller, a plot obviously based on her own experiences with "Peyton Place," called "Samuel's Castle" in this book. The cast of characters includes more colorful a [...]

    15. boring. no where near as ridiculous or as hilarious as the first one.edit: Well, there's some ridiculousness, and certain elements are very autobiographical (the publishing of a novel on a scandalous small town, and the reaction to the author by the decent folks. Allison is practically Grace Metalious in this novel, only younger and sleeps around a bit more), but Peyton Place was a much more enjoyable novel to read, especially if you treat it as a black comedy. I mean, this one does have one of [...]

    16. Quotable:She cried noiselessly into her pillow. She thought of Ted, but it was not for him she cried. He was merely the symbol of all she had lost. All I have now, she said to herself, all I have now is loneliness. That’s the prize I’ve won from life.Matt was haunted by nothing but loneliness, and he had decided he was too old to take the cure.[T]oo much sex wasn’t good for a man who had to keep his mind on his books.“David, for Heaven’s sake, can’t we leave things the way they are? [...]

    17. If--like me--you wanted to know what happened to the women of Peyton Place after that novel's end, you'll greatly enjoy the sequel. Constance and Mike (a name change from the first book's "Tom") have settled into a lusty domesticity. However, Allison's newly published novel about the town she grew up in becomes a bombshell that leaves nobody in Peyton Place untouched. Selena is forced to relive the nightmare she thought she had left behind. And another woman comes back to town with a few scores [...]

    18. It was another good story, and it definitely needs to be read (if one reads Peyton Place) to get the full story.I wish Grace Metalious had written more stories about the families of Peyton Place before her death.

    19. WOW - I just started this and I can't believe how quickly I forgot the plot and characters from Peyton Place! I had to go look at some reviews before I could remember what was what and who is who. Hopefully it will all come back to me before I get too much further! Ok - unless I forgot, this one was a little more risque than the original. Per the intro, Allison's story is a reflection of the author's climb to fame. I enjoyed it.

    20. Snap heel goed dat dit boek (en het eerste deel hiervan) destijds in de jaren '50 heel wat stof op deed waaien. Grappig dat de in de jaren '60 zo keurige tv-serie (de allereerste soap waar mijn moeder en oma zo van genoten) op een boek is gebaseerd dat tegen zoveel heilige huisjes trapte. Anno nu is het uiteraard niet echt schokkend meer, zeker niet in de erotische passsages waar kwistig met het woord "lieveling" wordt gestrooid.

    21. Did not expect this to be as good as the original and it wasn't. Seems like Metalious struggled at times to write it but that's ok. Book starts out in Peyton Place so seems familiar but then gets thin, especially when Allison strikes out on her own to Hollywood. Not to be petty, but some of the love scene dialogues are really bad. The ending in Peyton Place has some surprises that bring everything to a page-turning but not altogether satisfying end.

    22. Return to Peyton Place was a fast and easy book to read. While some of the plot seems forced, it was still entertaining. I think that readers can tell that this isn't one of those stories that are born in the writer and are just waiting to come out, but more so the writer making an effort to put together a decent story. I had fun reading it anyway though, even though it doesn't quite hold up to its predecessor.

    23. Not quite as good as Peyton Place, this follow-up novel covers the adult lives of the children in the original novel and the consequences of having all those secrets out in the open. An interesting look at how our decisions and actions impact the lives of others, how we all need forgiveness, and how the place where we grow up stays with us throughout our lives.

    24. Allison says at one point that she's glad she lives in the advanced 50s and not in the 30s like her mother, where one couldn't take a lover without guilt. It's so easy to forget that the early 50s were dissimilar to the late 50s that we generally think of. And Metalious never ceases to fascinate me.

    25. I enjoyed Peyton Place better. I'm glad I read the forward for this one because it helped me to understand Grace Metalious' motivation for writing the sequel and how she didn't have control over it like she would have liked. It was pretty clear that this was a book written for the sake of making money, which I know she resisted heartily.

    26. Short StoryThe introduction at the beginning is almost as long as the story. The tale itself is quick, and it's not necessary to have read Peyton Place to enjoy it. Characters are basically the same, but not as well developed as those in its predecessor.

    27. Not nearly as good as the original, but read them back-to-back, so it was kind of one long story, I wanted more, and enjoyed staying in Peyton Place longer, but the second half strayed a bit and didn't really wrap up like I'd hoped for all the characters.

    28. Didn't read a 2007 version; read the book my mom made a book cover for so she could read it on the city bus. She read it in the 1950's I read it in the 1980's. We both liked it. We both grew up in small towns too.

    29. This book had its moments but to me wasn't nearly as good as the first. The background about the author and why it was written definitely explained a lot. Either way it's an unnecessary follow up in my opinion.

    30. Ridiculous. Everyone calls each other "darling". I think the author forgot some of the vignettes from Peyton Place 1 and accidentally wrote some of the same chapters for Peyton Place 2. Need I say more?

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